JumpRope is a web-based learning management system geared for the K-12 market. Designed by a teacher who spent five years in the classroom and a former Teach for America corp member, Jumprope aims to be a singular resource with all the tools necessary to maximize the impact of standards-based grading.
Its core product is a standards-based gradebook integrated with attendance and behavior tracking, curriculum design tool, and administrative dashboard. It provides teachers, students, parents, administrators, networks and districts with access to real-time data so they can collaborate on student learning. The system can be integrated with existing School Information Systems like PowerSchool and Infinite Campus.
Jumprope's gradebook, the company argues, is different from "traditional assignment-based gradebooks...[where] teachers give assessments a single score. Our gradebook requires each score be aligned to a standard and an assessment. Assessments can have multiple standards which means they get separate scores for each standard."
Jumprope's curriculum design tool walks teachers though the backwards design process, encouraging them to be very explicit about identifying what a student needs to learn in their course (these can be teacher written standards, state standards or Common Core). Teachers then align their assessments to their classroom goals, which encourages them to think about how their assessments are aligned to the learning goals for the course. Planning data then automatically populates the gradebook where teachers assess the student’s performance on the standards based on their demonstration of mastery.
As of December 2012, the company reports that 8,000 students in 51 schools across 15 states (including 35 public schools in New York) are using this gradebook. It also works with teacher networks, like Teach for America, that use JumpRope during the training phase (around 7,000 teachers every year).
JumpRope is free for individual teachers to use. For schools, districts and networks, Jumprope offers per-student pricing based on which modules are used.
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